Last Call? Bet On It!


Two Sessions: September 19; December 12

Time: Saturdays, 10 AM-Noon

Location: Location: Wesley Acres, Theater Room, DM

Cost: $35 (includes both sessions and lunch on 12/12)

Class Limit: 30


SESSION ONE: A Brief History of Drinking and Gambling in Iowa

Time: Tuesday, September 19, 1:30-3:30 PM

Location: Pleasant Hill Library, Pleasant Hill


Back in the middle of the last century when gambling was illegal in Iowa and drinking only slightly less so, Carroll County, Iowa was a center of everything shady. Early in life Gary Thelen became interested in Iowa history, thanks both to stories he heard from his grandparents and the illegal entertainment he saw his parents, their friends, and thousands of other Iowans enjoying. He will share what he observed about the changes to legalizing liquor by the drink and gambling and the interesting ways those transformations occurred.


Instructor Gary Thelen holds degrees from UNI and Drake University. After 30 years of teaching in the Des Moines public schools, he worked in the Iowa House. Gary currently lectures on cruise ships as they transit the Panama Canal. He is also a political activist specializing in the gambling industry.



SESSION TWO: A Prairie Meadows Visit and Lunch

Time: Tuesday, December 12, 10 AM-1:30 PM

Location: Meet at the Casino entrance at Prairie Meadows, Altoona


Tempted to try this form of entertainment, so popular all over the world? Here’s your chance to see how it all works. The staff at Prairie Meadows will show us around the facility. We’ll learn about live horse races and then tour the casino floor, including table games and slot machines. The tour will end with lunch at the Triple Crown Buffet.





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